Chain-reaction crash closes Long Island Expressway - FOX 35 News Orlando

Long Island Expressway crash

Posted: Updated:
Several vehicles collided on the Long Island Expressway. (Photo courtesy Newsday) Several vehicles collided on the Long Island Expressway. (Photo courtesy Newsday)
MYFOXNY.COM -

Police have identified the driver killed in a horrific crash that closed the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday.

Police say that Christa Zepf, 68, of Blue Point died in the crash that left 33 people injured.  The most seriously injured person was identified as Robert Murphy, 57, of Lloyd Harbor.  He was listed in critical condition at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on Thursday with a head injury.

A fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and dozens of other vehicles happened about 2:38 p.m. just west of the William Floyd Parkway.

Suffolk County Police say that Raymond Simoneau, 42, of Rockingham, Vt., was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on the LIE when his vehicle struck a number of cars.  Following the initial collision, a chain-reaction crash occurred.  A total of 35 vehicles were involved. The tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, and two additional vehicles caught fire.

Simoneau was not seriously hurt.  He and several other witnesses were questioned after the crash.

The LIE was closed eastbound from Exits 68-69 including the service road and westbound from Exits 68-67, police said. 

The Long Island Expressway did not reopened until just before 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Investigators impounded the tractor trailer and several cars for safety checks.

  • TrafficMore>>

  • Stuck NJ Transit train removed

    Stuck NJ Transit train removed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:24:49 GMT
    A New Jersey Transit commuter train with about 1,000 passengers on board became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. The train which was on the Northeast Corridor line broke down near 10th Ave., according to NJ Transit officials.  It is not clear what caused the mechanical problem. Lighting and air conditioning on the train were never impacted, according to NJ Transit.
    A New Jersey Transit commuter train with about 1,000 passengers on board became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. The train which was on the Northeast Corridor line broke down near 10th Ave., according to NJ Transit officials.  It is not clear what caused the mechanical problem. Lighting and air conditioning on the train were never impacted, according to NJ Transit.
  • Could airlines create a class just for children?

    Could airlines create a class just for children?

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:37:57 GMT
    Imagine a segregated airline flight: one section for children and one section for adults only. This is the vision of entrepreneur Richard Branson, the president of Virgin Atlantic.
    Imagine a segregated airline flight: one section for children and one section for adults only. This is the vision of entrepreneur Richard Branson, the president of Virgin Atlantic.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices